Tonbridge Dog Show’s tail of success for Dementia Friendly Community

Tonbridge Dog Show's tail of success for Dementia Friendly Community
HOUNDS OF LOVE: (L-R) Tamsin Ritchie, Environmental Projects Co-ordinator for Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, Sam Goode of the Old Fire Station, Dog Warden Lorraine Baseden with Dexter, Tonbridge DFC’s Chris Parker and Sandra Edmonds, and Neill Wat

A total of 95 dogs took part in the event in September in a wide variety of classes, including Beautiful Rescue, Fabulous Family, Cutest Puppy and Best Oldie.

The Dog Warden for Tonbridge & Malling, Lorraine Baseden, and Sam Goode, from Tonbridge OId Fire Station, presented a cheque to DFC Chair Chris Parker on Cannon Lawn.

“I’m delighted to accept this cheque on behalf of our charity,” said Chris Parker. “Thank you to those involved in organising the dog show and to everyone who donated, including the many four-legged friends that came along on the day.”

Lorraine Baseden said: “Thank you to everyone who came along to the dog show last year and gave so generously to the Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community.

“I think everyone enjoyed the day, and it’s rewarding to know that as well as putting on a fun community event we are now able to present this cheque to this very worthy charity.”

The annual show, which has been running for ten years, promotes responsible dog ownership and raises funds for a different charity each year.

The event is organised by the Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council with support from Tonbridge Old Fire Station and Ward Security, providers of the borough’s dog warden service.

Tonbridge DFC is a community group made up of local residents, business representatives and volunteers to improve the lives locally for residents living with dementia.

Last year it received the coveted accolade of Most Inspirational Dementia Friendly Community at the annual awards ceremony held by the Kent Dementia Action Alliance.

For more information about Tonbridge Dementia Friendly Community, visit

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